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Jul
24

How Long do Fillings Last?

Posted in Fillings

Keeping your smile healthy will reduce the amount of treatments you need later on, like dental fillings. When you do need a dental filling you need to know the best way to care for it so that it will last as long as possible. Depending on the type, size and location of your filling, most of them last for several years after they have been placed.

Prevent New Decay from Forming Around Your Filling

Just because a cavity was removed and a filling placed into your tooth doesn’t mean a new cavity can’t form around the filling. Most people think this won’t ever be a problem, but it’s a reality. You need to change the dietary and oral hygiene habits that led to the cavity in the first place, or else the filling will have a new, larger cavity around it in no time.

Have X-Rays Taken at Least Once a Year

A clinical exam isn’t always enough to screen for leaky fillings or recurrent decay. With x-rays your dentist can see around the filling and areas that aren’t visible during the exam – giving you the opportunity to address problems when they are smaller, such as adding fluoride to your routine to stop decay before it spreads.  

Watch Out for Grinding and Clenching

If you are prone to clenching or grinding your teeth due to stress (or even chew on ice regularly), your tooth and filling may start to wear out, causing worse damage than there originally was. Wearing a bite splint or mouth guard can prevent the excessive wear and save your smile (and your tooth) for several more years.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

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